UPDATE: Province To Introduce Tanning Bed Legislation
The province is moving forward with legislation that would restrict indoor tanning for teens.
Newstalk 1010 has learned the province will introduce a bill that would focus on " banning the sale of tanning bed use to those under 18." Those who look under the age limit will be carded before they can use beds in a tanning salon.
Health Minister Deb Matthews announced the plans on Thursday morning, which would build on an NDP private member's bill tabled last year.
NDP MPP France Gelinas says she offered the bill to the Liberals in an effort to move it through the legislature sooner rather than later. Gelinas says the main points of her legislation were the age restrictions, tanning bed registration and warning labels on the beds.
Gelinas says the province will have flexibility on the warnings given the federal government is coming out with it's own labels.
This is all in an effort to curb skin cancer amongst youth, something experts say is on the rise.
Chair of the Ontario Medical Association section of dermatology Dr. Samir Gupta welcomes the announcement. Gupta underlines sun exposure in your childhood or teenage years can lead to skin cancer later in life.
The World Health Organization has listed tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category along with asbestos and tobacco.